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NOVENA 



in honor of 

Our Lady 
of 

Mt Carmel 

Hail Flower of Carmel 
Hail Fruitful Vine 
Hail Ever Immaculate Queen 
In Whom All Virtues Shine 

CARMELITE MONASTERY 
61 Mt. Pleasant Ave. 
Boston, Mass. 



f 

3Wje iSobena 

IN HONOR OF 

©ur labp of HM. Carmel 

FOLLOWED BY A 

NOTICE OF THE ORIGIN, 
PRIVILEGES AND BLESSINGS 
OF THE 
BROWN SCAPULAR 



Nihil obstat: 

Charles F. Shay 

May 22, 1931 



Imprimatur: 



fi& John Francis O'Hern 

Bishop of Rochester 



CONTENTS 



PAGE 

Indulgence of the Solemn Novena pre- 
paratory to the Feast of Our Lady of 
Mt. Carmel 5 

Prayers for the Novena 7 

Prayers to be Recited at Conclusion of 
Novena 24 

Hymn 26 

Origin, Privileges, Blessings, etc., of the 
Holy Scapular of Mt. Carmel 28 



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NO VENA 

to the 

MOST BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 
OF MT. CARMEL 

This pious devotion commences on July 
7th, and closes on the Feast of the Solemn 
Commemoration of Our Lady of Mt. Car- 
mel, July 16th. 

The Indulgence for Mt. Carmel Day may 
he gained from noon on the 15th to mid- 
night of the 16th, July. 



First Day of the Novena 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 



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sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour o£ my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O most Glorious and Blessed Virgin 
Mary of Mt. Carmel! I, an unworthy 
wearer of thy holy Scapular, confident how- 
ever that the Church does not call thee in 
vain the "Refuge of Sinners/' do beseech 
thee to make me sensible of the favors thou 
hast conferred upon me, by promoting the 
welfare of thy holy Order, that being truly 
contrite for past offenses, I may by thy aid 
and assistance, break the chains of my slav- 
ery, and live henceforward in the happy 
liberty of the children of God. Through 
our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father 

and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, 
one God, world without end. Amen. 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 



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Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 

Second Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thv Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 



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Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, vouchsafe 
to impart to us, Thy unworthy servants, a 
small portion of that heavenly grace with 
which Thou hast been pleased to sanctify 
Thy servant Mary; and grant that, through 
her intercession and protection, we may be 
shielded against all temptations, and be 
secure from all our enemies. Through our 
Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and 
reigneth with Thee, in the Unity of the 
Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. 
Amen. 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 



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turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 

Third Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

Remember, O most holy Virgin, it is a 
thing unheard of that thou hast ever for- 
saken those who have recourse to thee. En- 
couraged with this hope and confidence, my 
most dear Mother, I, a miserable sinner, 



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cast myself at thy sacred feet, humbly 
begging that thou wilt adopt me as thy 
child forever, and take upon thee the care 
of my eternal salvation: do not, Mother of 
the Word Incarnate, reject my petition, 
but graciously hear, and grant it. Amen. 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 



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Fourth Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O Most Glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin 
Mary of Mt. Carmel! I, thy unworthy child 
and client, sensible of the favors thou en- 
joyest with God, humbly present myself be- 
fore thee, and beg that thou wilt intercede 
and obtain for me true contrition and re- 
pentance, an undefiled purity of heart, and 
a conscience free from sin and all offense 
against God; direct me, I beseech thee, in 
all my actions during life, and in that awful 



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moment when my poor soul departs from 
my body, conduct it into the presence of 
thy Son, there to sing His praises forever 
and ever. Amen. 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 



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Fifth Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O Most Glorious Virgin Mother, who, 
by favor of thy Divine Son hast so great 
power in heaven and on earth, enlighten 
my blindness and strengthen my resolution. 
The zeal thou hast in promoting the wel- 
fare of thy sacred Order, and the part thou 
takest in seeing the grace of our Redeemer 
abound in us, give me a right to thy interest 
in this my request; and when that aw T ful 



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hour of death approaches, be to me, I be- 
seech thee, a tender Mother, and by thy 
prayers dispose thy Son Jesus Christ fav- 
orably in my regard. Amen. 

Antiphon 
Hail, Flower of Carmel, 
Hail, fruitful Vine! 
Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 
In whom all virtues shine. 
O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 
To hear our prayers now, 
And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 



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Sixth Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O Most Glorious and ever Virgin Mary 
of Mt. Carmel, I offer unto thee this day, 
all my thoughts, words and actions: I am 
wea*k and infirm, dejected and cast down 
at every tribulation, and terrified at the 
dismal prospect a review of my own in- 
terior gives me. All is misery, a continual 
propensity to vice, and repugnance to vir- 
tue. O Mother of Mercy and refuge of sin- 
ners, thou wilt not reject a contrite and 
humble heart. Intercede for me, I beseech 



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thee, that I may so live in this sinful world, 
that at the hour of death I may be worthy 
to be admitted into the Regions of Bliss. 
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with 
the Father and the Holy Spirit, liveth and 
reigneth, One God, world without end. 
Amen. 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 



Hymn (See page 26.) 



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Seventh Day 

Pre pa ra t o ry Pray e r 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who w r ear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O most Hoh Alary of Mt. Carmel, pray 
for me, I beseech thee, that through the 
merits of thy Son, I may enjoy perpetual 
health of mind and body, and that I may 
serve Him faithfully in this life, and here- 
after see, love, and enjoy Him in the king- 
dom of His glory. Who, with the Father 
and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, 
One God, world without end. Amen. 



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Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 

Eighth Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 



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who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of ihy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 
through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O most glorious and ever Blessed Virgin 
Mary of Mt. Carmel, faithful Protectress of 
all those who wear thy holy Scapular, be- 
hold thy poor servant humbly prostrate at 
thy feet, deploring his misery and implor- 
ing thy prayers, and beseeching thee to pro- 
tect him through the stormy ocean of this 
tempestuous world; hear my prayers then, 
O refuge of sinners, and after this our exile 
show unto us the Blessed Fruit of thy 
womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most lov- 
ing, O most sweet Virgin Mary! 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 



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In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee, Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 

Ninth Day 

Preparatory Prayer 

O Glorious Queen of Angels! Most 
pure and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mt. Carmel! Powerful Advocate of all those 
who wear thy holy Scapular! Faithful Pro- 
tectress of all the servants of thy Son Jesus 
Christ! I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, 
in the presence of thy beloved Son, my 
Saviour, choose thee for my Patroness, that 



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through thy intercession, I may receive 
from Him whatsoever grace may be neces- 
sary and profitable for me now, and at the 
hour of my death. Amen. 

Our Father and Hail Mary three times. 

Let Us Pray 

O Blessed Finder of Grace, Mother of 
Life, Mother of Salvation! May we through 
thee have access to thv Son; and may He, 
Who was given us through thee, receive 
us through thee. May thy integrity and in- 
nocence excuse before Him the stain of our 
corruption; may thy abundant charity cover 
the multitude of our sins, and thy glorious 
fruitf ulness supply our want of merits. Our 
Mother, our Mediatrix, our Advocate, rec- 
oncile us to thy Son, commend us to thv 
Son, present us to thy Son; by the grace 
with which thou art honored, obtain that 
He, who through thee put on our weakness, 
may, through thee, make us partakers of 
His bliss and glory. Amen. 

Antiphox 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 



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To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Let Us Pray 

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who 
didst adorn the holy Order of Carmel with 
the glorious title of Thy Immaculate and 
ever Blessed Mother, grant propitiously that 
those who celebrate her Solemn Commem- 
oration may, by the assistance of Thy grace, 
turn their affections from all irregular ad- 
herence to this world, and place them en- 
tirely on the enjoyment of Thee. Who 
livest and reignest, one God world without 
end. Amen. 

Hymn (See page 26.) 



PRAYERS TO BE RECITED ON 
THE FEAST OF OUR LADY 
OF MT. CARMEL 

Antiphon 

Hail, Flower of Carmel, 

Hail, fruitful Vine! 

Hail, ever Immaculate Queen, 

In whom all virtues shine. 

O Mother mild, implore thy Son, 

To hear our prayers now, 

And at the hour of our death. Amen. 



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Prayer of the Mass and Office, 
July 16th 

O God, who hast deigned to honor the 
Order of Carmel with the glorious title of 
Thy Virgin Mother, grant the grace of her 
protection to all who celebrate this Solemn 
Commemoration, so that through her, we 
may attain eternal happiness. Amen. 



O Glorious Virgin Mary, Queen of Car- 
mel, Mother of God and of poor sinners, 
special Protectress of all those who wear 
thy holy Scapular, I supplicate thee, by the 
glory that has been accorded thee by the 
Incarnate Word in choosing thee for His 
Mother, to obtain for me the pardon of m\ 
>ins, amendment of my life, salvation of 
my soul, consolation in my pains, and in 
particular the grace I ask in this N oven a, 
provided it be conformable to the will of 
thv Divine Son. Amen. 

A Prayer Composed by 
St. John of the Cross 

O Mary. Most Holy Mother of Carmel. 
Virgin of Virgins, Sanctuary of the Blessed 
Trinity, Mirror of Angels, assured Refuge 
of Sinners, have compassion on us in our 



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sufferings, listen to our sighs with clemency, 
and appease the anger of thy Divine Son. 
Amen. 



FLOS CARMELI 

The Miraculous Prayer to 
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 
by St. Simon Stock 

Most Holy Virgin, Beauty of Carmel! 
Virgin Flower forever in bloom! Bright 
Ornament of Heaven! Thou Virgin Mother 
of the Man-God! Mother of holy love! 
Mother of mercy and meekness! Mother 
honored above all mothers! Star of the sea! 
Be thou propitious to thy dear children of 
Carmel, and to all who have the happiness 
of wearing thy holy Scapular. Amen. 

Queen Beauty of Carmel! Pray for us. 
300 Days Indulgence. 

HYMN TO OUR LADY OF 
MOUNT CARMEL 

Queen and Lady of Mount Carmel! 

Seen by Prophet's mystic gaze; 
Shown above the holy mountain 

As Elias kneels and prays. 



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Cloud-like rising from the ocean; 

Pure and free from every stain, 
She doth claim his heart's devotion 

Thro' the ages to remain. 

Mother of Mount Carmel, hear! 
When we call, oh! be thou near! 

(Repeat) 

To the Prophet's sons descendeth 

As a sacred legacy, 
Love of Mary's pure Conception — 

Virgin Mother yet to be! 
Tender Mother, she hath clothed us 

With a double garment fair: 
Pledge of heavenly protection, 

Is the Scapular we wear. 

Mother of Mount Carmel, hear! 
When we call, oh! be thou near! 

(Repeat) 

Queen and Beauty of Mount Carmel! 

Christ's dear Gift on Calvary! 
Refuge sure in every danger! 

Confident we fly to thee. 
Mother, hear our humble pleading, 

Grant the favors we implore; 
To thy love we are appealing, 

Bless us now and evermore. 

Mother of Mount Carmel, hear! 
When we call, oh! be thou near! 

(Repeat) 



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THE SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY 
OF MOUNT CARMEL 



Its Origin, Privileges, Blessings and 

Indulgences 



The Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 
consists of two small pieces of brown 
woolen cloth connected by two cords made 
of wool, cotton thread, etc. The word scap- 
ular is derived from the Latin scapulae 
(shoulders), because it is intended to hang 
suspended from the shoulders. It is also 
called the "Little Habit of the Blessed Vir- 
gin." Many of the religious orders wear a 
scapular the color of their habits, but to 
none has Heaven granted the special privi- 
leges and prerogatives that have been so 
lavishly showered upon the one of Mt. 
Carmel. 

The Confraternity Scapular, the small 
one worn by the faithful in general, 
traces its origin to the famous apparition 
of the Virgin Mother of God to St. Simon 
Stock, the sixth Latin General of the Order. 
It took place July 16th, 1251, at Cambridge, 
in England, although, centuries previous 
there existed a Confraternity of Our Lady 
of Mount Carmel, on the holy mountain 
bearing this name in Palestine, as there are 



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records extant showing that Pope Leo IV, 
in 847, granted indulgences to the then 
existing Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. 
Carmel. Our Lady's Confraternity is hence 
the most ancient of all sodalities of the 
kind, as it is also the one which has been 
the most favored by Heaven, by the Blessed 
Virgin herself, and by the Holy See. No 
less than thirty Pontiffs have accorded to it 
privileges and indulgences of exceptional 
favor. 

A new glory, however, was added to the 
Confraternity, July 16th, 1251, when the 
Queen of Heaven appeared to her devout 
servant, St. Simon Stock. For a long time 
this holy monk had been imploring the 
Mother of God to take the cause of her 
Order into her own hands, as it was, at the 
time, undergoing a storm of opposition 
from the world without. 

"O Mary," said he, "show us that you 
are our Mother; you are our hope in the 
midst of storms, our shield in combats, our 
refuge and salvation. O Virgin Most Holy! 
Give me a sign of your predilection for your 
Order of Carmel, which will astonish our 
adversaries and confound our detractors"; 
and with fervent accents he addressed to 
her that beautiful prayer, "Flos Carmeli," 
so dear to the heart of the Queen of Heaven. 



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The confidence and perseverance of this 
Elias-like Saint could not but win the fav- 
orable regard of the Queen of Carmel, who 
appeared to him with the Infant Jesus in 
her arms, surrounded by a multitude of 
celestial spirits, holding in her hands the 
Scapular of the Order, which she presented 
to him, saying: "Receive, my beloved son, 
this Scapular of thy Order as the distinctive 
sign of my Confraternity; it is a token of 
the privileges I have obtained for thee, and 
for all the children of Carmel; whoever dies 
piously wearing this Scapular shall be pre- 
served from eternal flames. It is a sign of 
salvation, a sure safeguard in dangers, a 
pledge of peace and of my special protec- 
tion until the end of ages." This took place 
under the Pontificate of Innocent IV, and 
before the Blessed Virgin disappeared from 
the raptured gaze of St. Simon Stock she 
directed him to go to the feet of the Vicar 
of her Divine Son and announce these mag- 
nificent promises in behalf of her children, 
assuring the Saint that Innocent would rem- 
edy the persecutions then existing against 
the Order. 

The truth of this vision has been mag- 
nificently ratified by the learned Pope Bene- 
dict XIV, not to speak of the Bulls and De- 
crees of Innocent IV, John XXII, Urban 



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VI, Alexander V, Clement VII, who granted 
many indulgences, etc., Sixtus V, Paul V, 
etc. The learned Jesuit Cardinal Bellarmine 
composed new lessons for the Office, and 
the Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. 
Carmel, when its obligation was extended 
to the universal Church by Paul V; nor can 
the Feast be transferred to the Sunday fol- 
lowing without a special Indult. The Doc- 
tors of the most celebrated universities of 
Europe, the Saints of all the Religious Or- 
ders, the pious Kings, Queens and Prin- 
cesses of all nations, the religious authors of 
all centuries, have been happy in making 
known the praise of Our Lady of Mt. Car- 
mel and the prerogatives of her Scapular. 

Some fifty years after the apparition of 
the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock, she 
appeared to Pope John XXII, extending 
her maternal solicitude still further, even 
to the other life, in promising him she 
would assist and console the children of 
Carmel detained in Purgatory, and also 
speedily release them on the first Saturday 
after their death. This consoling privilege 
of a speedy deliverance was made by the 
Blessed Virgin in the following words: 
"John, Vicar of my Son, you are indebted 
to me for the high dignity to which you 
have been elevated by my solicitations with 



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my Son for you, and as I have delivered 
you from the snares of your adversaries, I 
expect from you an entire and favorable 
confirmation of the holy Order of the Car- 
melites, which had its birth on Mt. Carmel, 
and who are the descendants of Elias and 
Eliseus; they have always been singularly 
devout to me, and if any of the religious 
or wearers of my Scapular leave this pres- 
ent life to expiate their sins in Purgatory, 
I will, as their tender Mother, descend in 
their midst to Purgatory on the Saturday 
after their death; I will deliver those I find 
there, and will bring them to the holy 
mountain in the happy sojourn of life 
eternal." 

For a participation in the first privilege, 
that of a good death or exemption from 
eternal doom, a person should duly re- 
ceive the Scapular from a priest authorized 
to give it, wear it devoutly over the shoul- 
ders and have it on particularly at the hour 
of death. 

For as said, the Blessed Virgin in pre- 
senting the Scapular to St. Simon Stock 
announced that it was a "sign of Salva- 
tion," but Our Lady's words are to be un- 
derstood that this sacred pledge of her pro- 
tection is a means leading and assisting 
thereto. Hence, to be the recipient of her 



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fevor and promises it is essentially requi- 
site to live in conformity with the precepts 
or the Holy Church, to wear it devoutly, 
that is, lead a pure life and make efforts to 
imitate the virtues of the Immaculate 
Queen of Heaven. Some may, however, be 
inclined to say, "why, if I lead a pure and 
holy life I can be saved without the Scap- 
ular, why encumber myself with it, I am 
already on the road to Heaven?" But, it 
must be remarked that the graces received 
through the Scapular, the special protec- 
tion you will enjoy as being one of the 
chosen fold of Mary, will better enable you 
to keep the heart pure from deliberate sins 
and to lead a holy life. Millions of saved 
souls might have been in Hell today but 
for this "sign of salvation." Number, if 
you can, the death-bed conversions it has 
brought about, for every true Catholic 
knows that the Blessed Virgin has marvel- 
lous and providential ways of obtaining the 
salvation of her children engendered at the 
foot of the Cross and redeemed at the cost 
of the Precious Blood of her Divine Son. 
All wonder whence the mysterious grace 
of repentance, and soon they learn its 
channel — the Scapular. But no one should 
rely with presumptive confidence on this 
extraordinary intervention of the Most 



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Blessed Virgin, whom the Church beauti- 
fully styles the "Refuge of Sinners,'* but 
strive to make their election sure, as the 
Apostle says, by the practice of virtue, so as 
to merit the powerful protection of Our 
Lady of Mt. Carmel at the hour of death, 
for St. Bernard says, "All graces flow to us 
through the hands of Mary, and no one 
having recourse to her protection is re- 
fused succor/' 

To enjoy the second privilege, called the 
Sabbatine Bull, it is obligatory, in addition 
to the foregoing conditions, to observe 
chastity according to one's state, and, if 
able to read, to recite daily the Office of the 
Blessed Virgin according to the Roman 
Breviary. (The Canonical Office of the 
Church fulfills the condition for priests 
and those bound to say it, if the intention 
is directed to this end.) But, if the person 
is unable to say the Office of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary, it can be commuted by one 
who has special faculties for this purpose 
(Decree, June 22d, 1842), in which case, the 
person must observe the fasts of the Church, 
and abstain from flesh-meat on Wednes- 
days, Fridays and Saturdays, but if this like- 
wise be impossible, a confessor, who has 
the faculties as above, can commute for 
some other pious work. 



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LAUDATE 

Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes, Laudate 

eum omnes populi. 
Quoniam confirmata est super nos miseri- 

cordia ejus, 
Et Veritas Domini manet in aeternum. 
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, 
Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et 

in saecula saeculorum. Amen. 

HOLY GOD WE PRAISE 
THY NAME 

Holy God! we praise Thy name, 
Lord of all! we bow before Thee; 

All on earth Thy sceptre claim, 
All in heaven above adore Thee; 

Infinite Thy vast domain, 
Everlasting is Thy reign. 

Hark! the loud celestial hymn, 
Angel choirs above are raising, 

Cherubim and Seraphim, 

In unceasing chorus praising, 

Fill the heav'ns with sweet accord: 
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!